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- Language : English
- Parcel Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 83.16 Grams
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : Jan. 24 2017
- Studio : Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B01M7Z83E5
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Riding the strange '50s nostalgia wave that swept through America during the late 1970s (caused by TV shows like Happy Days and films like American Graffiti), Grease became not only the word in 1978, but also a box-office smash and a cultural phenomenon. Twenty years later, this entertaining film adaptation of the Broadway musical received another successful theatrical release, which included visual remastering and a shiny new Dolby soundtrack. For its video and laser disc re-release, Grease lovers can also now see it in the correct 2:35 to 1 Panavision aspect ratio, and see retrospective interviews with cast members and director Randal Kleiser. All these stylistic touches are essential to the film's success. Without the fabulously choreographed, widescreen musical numbers; vibrant colors; and unforgettably campy and catchy tunes (like "Greased Lightning," "Summer Nights," and "You're the One That I Want"), the film would have to rely on a silly, cliché-filled plot that we've seen hundreds of times. As it is, the episodic story about the romantic dilemmas experienced by a group of graduating high school seniors remains fresh, fun, and incredibly imaginative. The young, animated cast also deserves a lot of credit, bringing chemistry and energy to otherwise bland material. John Travolta, straight from his success in Saturday Night Fever, knows his sexual star power and struts, swaggers, sings, and dances appropriately; while Olivia Newton-John's portrayal of virgin innocence is the only decent acting she's ever done. And then there's Stockard Channing, spouting sexual double-entendres as Rizzo, the bitchy, raunchy leader of the Pink Ladies, who steals the film from both of its stars. Ignore the sequel at all costs. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The music is, mediocre at best. A couple of the cars look half decent but aren't anything special. Plot? What plot? A bunch of people do some things and there is kind of a weak rivalry for reasons between two groups of characters but there are literally no stakes, no confrontations, no resolutions no tension...its dull and pointless.
The song that Riz sings was probably the only part of the film I truly enjoyed because she was so expressive and I really liked her singing voice. Why couldn't she have had more to sing about? Oh right... Olivia Newton John... Nothing against her but I just don't get why she was/is a big deal...
I was checking how much time was left in the film many times and when I was at the point where there were 20 minutes left I remember crying out please shoot me!
Why then did I watch it? Well, my girlfriend tole me it was a great film and that she loved it. Since I hadn't actually seen the film when she told me about it and I knew it was a very popular film, I decided to give it a viewing.
I tried to give it a fair shake. I looked at the film objectively and the only conclusion I can come to is that, for me, this is crap.
It was absolute torture! I never, ever, ever want to see this film again! I hate it.
Why 2 stars then instead of just one? Riz earned the second star for giving me the ONLY reprieve of enjoyment for the entire film.
However, the Blu-ray image quality is significantly clearer and improved. By comparison, the DVD looks like a it came from a VHS tape! That would be the main reason to replace your DVD with the Blu-ray. At this price, I believe it's worth it.
There are a few more bonus features on the Blu-ray as well. However, the bonus stuff that is on the DVD and the Blu-ray is edited DIFFERENTLY, so some interview footage is missing or shorter on the Blu-ray. That would only bother the fans who want it all. Personally, I prefer the Blu-ray editing of the bonus footage anyways.
Others who are more passionate and intimate with the film than I have already posted discrepancies in the audio and music - the songs have been beefed up sonically they say. They admit it sounds stronger but don't like it that the original music and mix was tampered with. That's understandable. Myself, I was able to enjoy the film without being distracted by any noticeable changes. However, there is no 2-channel stereo audio mix, so I had to listen to the film's surround mix even though I only have 2 speakers. This is the reason I deducted one star. I can only assume the mix sounds good with a proper surround set-up. Also, there was one song where a noticeable amount of reverb was added to the vocal for part of the song.
A "funny" final point. My wife has loved this film all her life. We watched the film with the subtitles on, so she could see what the real lyrics to the songs are. It was shocking how dirty the songs (and the film in general) actually are and how much got past the censors! Be warned, if you're watching it with kids (or your parents) DON'T turn on the subtitles!
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If your wondering is it worth purchasing this on the UJD format I would highly recommend it A+++++
I bought this Blu-ray version believing that it was the original soundtrack but only with instant access to musical numbers as a special feature - not a different version of the songs (the different version is also in this version of the movie soundtrack). I should have read the relevant reviews first!
Screen Ratio 2.35.1.
Audio English Dolby True HD5. 1 Surround.
Subtitles English SDH.
Extra Features. Assorted extras.
I have watched this film for years and always enjoy it,, IT'S THE WORD!!!
I am really pleased with my purchase. M, J, B
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